The National Student Clearinghouse® Research Centerregularly publishes research that supports education, workforce, and learner success. Our research offers objective data and insights about student enrollment, mobility, completion, and other important student outcomes that are visible only through the Clearinghouse data. Our nationwide network of nearly 3,600 postsecondary institutions provides up-to-date student-level data that represents 97 percent of the postsecondary enrollment today. Our publications are to benefit and better inform the education community, policymakers, business leaders, and other community leaders.


Stay Informed with the Latest Enrollment Information

National Student Clearinghouse Research Center’s Monthly Update on Higher Education Enrollment

November 12, 2020


Transfer, Mobility, and Progress

National Student Clearinghouse Research Center’s Update on Transfer Students

October 27, 2020

Publication Series

Tracking Transfer

Latest six-year baccalaureate degree completion rate for transfer students from two- to four-year institutions is reported for the 2013 cohort of first-time degree-seeking students, analyzed by student SES and institutional characteristics.

Last Published September 29, 2020


Community college beginners earning a BA in six years, an increase of 1 percentage point over last year

Persistence & Retention

The report is designed to help institutions understand first-year college persistence and retention patterns and identify disparities between different students, institutions, or states in this important early success indicator.

Last Published August 13, 2020


First-time college students who persisted at any U.S. institution in their first year of college

Current Term Enrollment Estimates

Newly Updated! First-Look at the Effects of COVID-19 on College Enrollment

Last Published June 30, 2020


Decline in public college enrollments from a year ago

Yearly Success & Progress Rates

Year-by-year rates of persistence, transfer, completion, and stop-out can help states and institutions better identify effective intervention points to increase student success.

Last Published May 4, 2020


Part-time beginning students no longer enrolled anywhere two years later

Undergraduate Degree Earners

Latest demographic and education credential profiles for students earning an undergraduate credential during the 2018-19 academic year, with a focus on first-time versus non-first-time graduates.

Last Published April 7, 2020


New undergraduate credential earners in 2018-19 who already had one

Completing College

Provides a comprehensive overview of postsecondary completion trends nationally and by state. For all students who enter postsecondary education for the first time each year, it examines the diverse pathways the student traversed toward completion, as well as a degree or certificate completion rate within six and eight years of enrolling.

Last Published March 2, 2020


The national 6-year college completion rate, counting all students at all institutions

Some College, No Degree

This report offers insights about students’ subsequent enrollments and completions, based on the most current national data that tracks individual students over time and across institutions and across state lines since the first Some College, No Degree report was released in 2014.

Last Published October 30, 2019


Some College, No Degree students who re-enrolled in the past five years. Nearly 1 million completed.

High School Benchmarks

This year’s report examines the immediate college enrollment for high school graduating class of 2018, persistence for class of 2016, and completion for class of 2012. We continue to see large gaps between higher-income and low-income high schools on all fronts.

Last Published October 7, 2019


College completion rate among graduates of high-poverty high schools, 32 percentage points lower than the rate for low-poverty schools

Upcoming Publications

DEC 2020

Completing College:
National & State

DEC 2020

COVID-19: High School Benchmarks

DEC 2020

Fall 2020 Current Term Enrollment Estimate

Current Initiatives

Postsecondary Data Partnership Pilot

Postsecondary Data Partnership

The Postsecondary Data Partnership is a nationwide initiative to help colleges and universities more efficiently gain a fuller picture of student progress and outcomes, meet various reporting requirements, and focus more of their resources on using data to help students.

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